The cheerful atmosphere of Christmas was felt by the little merry makers of District 21 in Brooklyn, who showed off their dance moves, sang carols, and enjoyed festive fare at the Flatbush YMCA.
The gymnasium, decorated with red, white and green balloon, was packed with more than four hundred boys and girls on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Christmas event hosted by state Sen. Kevin Parker’s office in partnership with “Now” Entertainment, and the YMCA, who delighted the children.
In addition to a candy station, popcorn, pizza, and hot dogs vocalists Camille King and Natasha Wilson sang Christmas carols alongside youngsters.
The event brought back fond memories for Parker, who said growing-up, his father made sure his home was decorated, and Christmas cheer shared with the family. As such, over the years, he has paid it forward, with the giving spirit of Christmas.
Generous donors dropped off toys at his office, while a toy-drive helped to meet the need of every child present to have a gift this Christmas time.
“This is just one of the ways we reach out to the community, and the children of my district. I share the same things I enjoyed during the holidays,” said Senator Parker, whose wide popularity has kept him in office for fourteen years.
Through his social media presence, he had expanded his initiates to include, yearly prom dress, and backpack giveaways.
Parker spoke passionately about his community engagement, and meeting the needs of his district of 318,000 ethnically diverse Brooklyn constituents, living in Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and Park Slope.
His Tilden Avenue and E. 34th Street office provides a full services to deal with immigration issues, jobs, housing and healthcare, and in cases of eviction situation, that the politician is readily available to deal with.
He is the Ranking Member of the Senate Committees on Energy and Telecommunications and Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Assistant Democratic Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs, and Chair of the Democratic Task Force on New Americans.
“It is a blessing and an honor to serve this community that voted me in for the 8th time. Happy Holidays to everyone in the community, and may they have happiness and peace at this time,” said the lawmaker.
Now Production owner Natasha Wilson said it was fulfilling because she partnered this year with Senator Parker who she has worked with on other programs before.
The entertainer, who calls the Mighty Sparrow her father after he guided her singing career, thanked Parker and the YMCA for the opportunity to serve the kids.
“I love kids, and I wanted to give back to the community. As long as they are happy I am happy,” she said, and wished the little ones a happy holiday season.
“As the executive director of the YMCA, it is always positive to show the community that we are here for them, and to see the smiling faces of the kids today brings me so much joy, said Meishay Gattis.
“The spirit of the “Y” is really about community and all inclusiveness. Partnering with Senator Parker who has been go gracious to us for so many years is wonderful,” said Gattis, adding that the holiday season is a time for families, and also giving back, to some who are less-fortunate.